We need your help!
In exactly two months, an amazing group of Ghanaian students and teachers from Youth Creating Change of Ghana is scheduled to leave their county for the first time. For three weeks this August, these hard-working Ghanaians will study and present in the United Kingdom for the return half of a remarkable educational exchange. That is… if we can raise the funds!
“This Cross-Culture exchange is the best programme I have experienced in my whole life,” writes Ghanaian student Nelson in his article about the first half of the exchange. Can we help make the second half a reality?
Here is the summary of what’s going on and why you should care:
1. Youth Creating Change of Ghana was founded in Sogakope, Ghana, six years ago, and since then has made a tremendous, ongoing, positive impact on the local community through its educational initiatives. I was privileged to have been able to volunteer teach at YCC for three months in early 2010 and was bowled over by the awesomeness of the students and staff.
2. One of YCC Ghana’s main educational programs is its Cross-Culture group. Thanks to the work of this group, in 2009, a delegation of youth from Kingston, United Kingdom arrived in Ghana and spent three life-changing weeks learning and living with the Youth Creating Change students and teachers. Since that summer, the “MAP: Commonwealth Youth Exchange” between YCC and Kingston Youth Services has been passionately studying, planning, and fundraising to make the return half of the exchange, Ghana to Britain, a reality.
3. I cannot express to you how hard these YCC students and teachers work and how much they deserve this international opportunity. In addition to their normal school classes and home responsibilities, YCC’s Cross-Culture group attends a two to three hour Cross-Culture Class (pictured above) EVERY SATURDAY MORNING, with an additional one hour class every Monday. The commitment and focus of YCC’s students and staff astounds and inspires. And across the ocean, Youth Services of Kingston is working just as hard to make this dream come true!
4. Fundraising and obtaining all the necessary documents has been an immense challenge for the families of YCC Ghana. Through sheer force of will and deep sacrifices, every student and staff member in YCC’s Cross-Culture group has at last obtained a passport.
5. The final remaining hurdle is this: funding the student visas and immunizations. If, this week, we can raise a few hundred dollars, it will be an immense help to the struggling families of YCC. If we can raise even more, we will make this dream completely possible, and in the process, change the lives of a truly wonderful, deserving group of fellow humans.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: On the right side of this blog is a button that says “Donate,” which allows a secure Paypal transaction right to my fundraising account. At the end of this week, I will send my personal financial contribution to Youth Creating Change of Ghana, along with whatever additional donations from kind readers like you that I receive. Please do pass this article around so we can get even more potential supporters. Every little bit helps, and so I thank you in advance for anything you can give to assist this amazing project!
The author, Lillie Marshall, is 6-foot-tall National Board Certified Teacher of English, fitness fan, and mother of two who has been a public school educator since 2003. She launched Around the World “L” Travel and Life Blog in 2009, and over 3.7 million readers have now visited this site. Lillie also runs TeachingTraveling.com and DrawingsOf.com. Subscribe to her monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media!